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Accreditation: Penn State Landscape Architecture Programs

Program Details

Programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions.

Penn State’s B.L.A. undergraduate curriculum and our M.L.A. graduate curriculum both are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board. The mission of LAAB is to evaluate, advocate for, and advance the quality of education in landscape architectural programs. LAAB establishes standards that ensure that current and future practitioners understand, obtain and maintain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice landscape architecture in the future.

Students in the B.L.A. program can complete the degree in 4.5 years (139 credits). Students in the M.L.A. program can complete the degree in three or fewer years, depending on whether they have a professional undergraduate degree or majored in a non-affiliated program.

As with other professionally accredited landscape architecture programs, Penn State’s B.L.A. and M.L.A. undergo accreditation review every six years. The B.L.A. was most recently reviewed in spring 2017, and obtained glowing praise from the accreditation team. Our M.L.A. program was most recently accredited by LAAB in spring 2020, and the next accreditation visit for both programs is scheduled for spring 2024.

More information on LAAB can be found via asla.org/accreditationlaab.aspx.

Landscape Architecture student standing in the middle of her portfolio piece.

Awards

Student Accomplishments

Our nationally-renowned department is recognized for student-centric educational excellence and innovative research. The department enjoys a fine reputation for scholarship produced both by individuals and by teams and research centers. Following are a few recent achievements of our programs’ students.

2023

Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar Program

  • Graduate Olmsted Scholar (one chosen nationwide): Keith Faminiano
  • Undergraduate Olmsted Scholar Finalist (three chosen nationwide): Olivia Krum

Landscape Architecture Foundation

2022

National Udall Scholarship

Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship

Horticultural Exhibition Balingen Society, Bridge Gardens International Student Competition, Balingen, Germany

  • Schellenbergbrücke concept
    D. Collins and Nürtingen Geislingen University (NGU) colleagues, 1st place
  • Brücke am alten Markt concept
    P. Anifowoshe and NGU collaborators, 1st Place
  • Brücke Stingstraße concept
    Olivia Krum and NGU collaborators, 2nd Place

2021

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Design Competition

PA–DE American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Awards

2020

Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar Program

  • Undergraduate Finalist (three chosen nationwide): Jake Tiernan

PA–DE American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Awards

  • Bike to School
    Jiafeng Deng, Honor Award, Analysis & Planning Category
  • Le Pont
    Jiafeng Deng, Honor Award, General Design Category
  • Sensory Path
    Fahemi Farhadi, Merit Award, General Design Category

2019

Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar Program

PA–DE American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Awards

2018

National Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Award

PA–DE ASLA Awards

2017

National ASLA Award

PA–DE ASLA Awards

  • Broadway Avenue, Beechview (Pittsburgh, PA): Green Infrastructure Concept Plan
    Lauren Shoats, Honor Award, General Design Category
  • Future Ground: The South Area of the Philadelphia Zoo Masterplan
    Tongtong Zhou, Honor Award, General Design Category

2016

National ASLA Award

2014

PA–DE ASLA Awards

2013

National ASLA Award

PA–DE ASLA Awards

  • Revival of the Wooland Ave. Corridor, Pittsburgh, PA
    Christopher Chiampi, Honor Award, Community Service Category
  • Flexible Futures, Sullivan County, PA
    Christoper Maurer and Michael Humes, Honor Award, Analysis and Planning Category
  • Connect5,  Mang’ula, Tanzania
    Sean Lyons and Chris Maurer, Merit Award, Analysis and Planning Category
  • Examining Sustainable Development Options in Jersey Shore: A Community Engaged Process, Jersey Shore, PA
    Preston Linck, Kirsten Hardy, Thomas Kyd, and Dina Mahmoud, Merit Award, Community Service Category

Program Information

Demographics

Gender Undergraduate Graduate
Female 52% 30%
Male 58% 70%
Race/Ethnicity Undergraduate Graduate
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 12% 0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island 0% 0%
Black/African-American 2% 1%
Hispanic/Latino 9% 0%
White/non-Hispanic 70% 80%
Mixed (Two or more races) 5% 0%
Unknown 2% 1%

NOTE: Race/ethnicity percentages only reflect domestic students.
Updated March 2023.

Residency Undergraduate Graduate
PA Resident 59% 26%
Non-PA Resident 41% 74%
Origin Undergraduate Graduate
Domestic 88% 50%
International 12% 50%

Updated March 2023.

Degrees Statistics

The B.L.A. and M.L.A. programs at Penn State have awarded the following number of degrees over the past five years.

Degree Level 2021–22 2020–21 2019–20 2018–19 2017–18
B.L.A. 31 28 31 28 26
M.L.A. 5 5 8 3 2
Total 36 33 39 31 28

Updated March 2023.

Graduation Statistics

Graduation Rates B.L.A. M.L.A. M.S. in L.A.
Number of semesters to complete degree (regular) 9 6 4
Graduated within regular timeframe 92% 100% 50%

Graduate Employment Statistics

B.L.A.

  • 65% – Private LARCH Employment
  • 20% – Higher Education (study or employed)
  • 15% – Unknown

M.L.A.

  • 73% – Private LARCH Employment
  • 18% – Higher Education
  • 9% – Unknown

Costs of Attendance

Estimated cost of full-time attendance for one year.

B.L.A. In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $19,286 $38,102
Room and board $12,582 $12,582
TOTAL $31,868 $50,684

 

M.L.A. In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $24,466 $41,602

Note: These are estimates. For a personal estimate, students are encouraged to use the Tuition and College Cost Estimator. Updated March 2023.

Anjelyque Easley sits among faculty and peers explaining a project

Alumni Spotlight

Demetrios Staurinos

Alumni Spotlight

Demetrios Staurinos

B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture 2002

Demetrios Staurinos, RLA, ASLA, is an associate at OLIN, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Demetrios has received awards from, among others, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Architects and American Public Works Association. He is driven to improve the built environment by embellishing the “happy accidents” that occur when a thoughtful design meets the playful interactions of daily life.

Overhead view of people walking on pathway through landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.
Overhead view of riparian landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.
Large group of people enjoying a sunset gathering in an urban landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.